Critique: Love and Cinderella Essay

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8 October 2013
Critique of “Cinderella: Not So Morally Superior” Elisabeth Panttaja, teacher at Tufts University, analyzes the true morality of Grimm’s well known fairytale, “Cinderella”, in her critique, “Cinderella: Not So Morally Superior.” Cinderella is usually characterized as an innocent and “motherless” girl who is trying to find true love, such as Disney’s version of “Cinderella”. However, Panttaja claims that Cinderella is not motherless and Cinderella is trying to gain power by using magic instead of finding true love (Panttaja 289). Panttaja’s validity throughout her article is at best when describing how Cinderella actually has a power thirsty and magical mother, but her legitimacy begins to lack through her analysis
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When the prince rides away with the stepsisters he has to “…pass the grave” which is where the mother lies (Grimm 632). Right when they pass the mother’s grave is when the doves tell the prince about the brides (Grimm 632). This connection between the grave and the doves show how the mother truly disguised herself as birds in order to help her daughter. All the patterns throughout Grimm’s fairytale show that these random “natural elements” are actually Cinderella’s mother always being there for her just as she planned to do. When discussing the presence of Cinderella’s mother, Panttaja proves to be very successful by describing how and where the mother appears in the story. The presence of a mother is clear in the fairytale, but Panttaja shows how it is also clear that Cinderella’s mother uses magic in order to complete all these tasks to help Cinderella rise to power (Panttaja 288). Since Cinderella’s mother continuously stays with her throughout the fairytale even though she dies in the beginning, there has to be an answer to how this is possible. Panttaja displays how, through magic, Cinderella’s mother is able to complete all these tasks (Panttaja 287). When Cinderella receives the clothes to go to the ball she goes to her mother’s grave and asks for the tree to “…throw gold and silver down on me” (Grimm 631). When her mother throws down dresses from tree, this dresses are described as “dazzling” and “radiant” (Grimm

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